Some sing loudly in the middle of the night, some slump into a weary slumber, and some struggle and shout. Yet all you feel is a faint vibration. The prey and the predator coexist in a cruel harmony, entangled in the massive spiderweb woven in the human heart, within the labyrinthine city. How should the little people embrace the night with what mindset?

  • Wenwen Zhu
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - school of the art institute in chicago
Director Biography - Wenwen Zhu

Wenwen Zhu is an artist, illustrator and animator who creates drawings, video works and multimedia installations that brim with poetic meaning and analogies. She brings visual impact through the playful composition and bizarre human shapes of images, 3D simulation, and video display. Her work reflects everyday life by examining how interactions between environment, bodies, and technologies reshape our concepts of self, nature and society.

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Director Statement

The spider symbolizes the city, where desires ensnare people, leading to their assimilation over time. The urban grid, akin to parking lots, exchanges money and time. The recurring pay station mirrors the spider's consumption, while its gaze transforms into human eyes, symbolizing the cyclic relationship between predator and prey.